After the release of “Royal Ashes” at the end of 2022, the Cross Purposes creative team got to work on their next film to be shot in July of 2023. This time they’re heading to a ranch in the Appalachian foothills to tackle the gritty tale of a young man, Jason Bowden (21), who has been in and out of trouble with the law, struggles with addiction and has pushed most everyone out of his life. After a third strike with police, Jason is headed to prison until his mother concocts a plan for him to serve out his year-long probation on a ranch in the middle of nowhere with his estranged grandfather, Griff Bowden, whom he thought was dead. Griff has lived a self-imposed life of solitude since the death of his wife twenty years ago, and he has no interest in getting to know anyone, much less his delinquent good-for-nothing grandson.
Problem after problem unfolds as these two men, trapped in a house together discover dark secrets from their pasts. But everything comes to a crashing halt, when Jason’s enemies discover where he’s hiding and come to collect a long overdue debt. It’s action and intrigue with a lesson on the importance of accepting grace from God and passing it on to others.
“Searching for the Elephant” – is a ranching phrase for a cowhand who has been hired to work, but clearly has no intentions of staying on. He is always looking for something better over the hill. He is, as the ranch owners say, “searching for the elephant.”
Check back here for news and posts over the days and weeks ahead as we feature the cast and crew of the new project and well as photos and interviews from behind the scenes.